We’ve all heard it before: “Stay away from carbs if you want to lose weight” and “carbs make you fat.” But are these statements true? Let’s take a look into why carbs have such a bad reputation and what you can eat.
Are carbs really bad for you?
It is time to lay this myth to rest: No, carbs are not bad for us. In fact, we need carbs just as much as we need other macronutrients such as proteins and fat. The human brain and body requires glucose (a form of sugar) to function properly.
When we suddenly deprive our body of carbs, we can experience hypoglycemia. Symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can range from tiredness and irritability to fainting. This is why low-carb diets can make people feel cranky.
However, too many carbs can be bad. Simple sugars and refined carbs are the culprits for many diseases such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, and obesity. These are the carbs that should be avoided or consumed sparingly. Instead, opt for complex and unrefined carbs. These contain necessary sugars, fiber, protein, and vitamins.